Reviewers say the Health and Yoga Natural Dried Grass Yoga Mat is a good pick for those who prefer eco-friendly yoga mats made from natural materials. This mat, made from dried grass with a latex backing, comes in two sizes -- 24 by 72 inches or 36 by 72 inches -- so it offers plenty of room to spread out. Reviewers love the textured surface, which they say provides good grip for balance poses. Unlike plastic or rubber yoga mats, the Health and Yoga mat never gets slippery. It also lacks any distracting smell -- a complaint we see often for other yoga mats, particularly those made from rubber. However, one reviewer says the Health and Yoga Natural Dried Grass Yoga Mat slides too easily on hard floors, even with the latex backing. The mat weighs 4.5 pounds. Overall, reviewers prefer the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat (*Est. $65) among eco-friendly yoga mats.
The Health and Yoga Dried Grass Yoga Mat isn't covered by as many sources as other top-rated yoga mats, but it is included in a group test conducted by PlanetGreen.com. This source recommends five of the best eco-friendly yoga mats. The Health and Yoga mat is also mentioned in a brief article from Yoga Journal.
PlanetGreen.com picks the Health and Yoga Natural Dried Grass Yoga Mat as one of its top eco-friendly mats. Testers like the rough fibers, which provide good grip, and they say the latex backing keeps the mat in place. However, some testers say the latex slips easily on hard floors.
Review: Buy Green: Yoga Mats, Jennifer Hattam, Jan, 5, 2009
2. Yoga Journal
The Health and Yoga Natural Dried Grass Yoga Mat is discussed briefly in this article from Yoga Journal. Cynthia Morris presents several alternatives to PVC-based mats, and the Health and Yoga mat is mentioned as a good pick.
Review: Mat Matters, Cynthia Morris, Not Dated